The Community distributes in Rural Madrid close to 100.000 kilos of fresh and seasonal products from its garden
The Community of Madrid has distributed close to 100.000 kilograms of fresh and seasonal products from its garden, in the first six months of operation of Madrid Rural, the first large proximity market in Spain for the sale of local food without intermediaries. The Minister for the Environment, Agriculture and the Interior, Carlos Novillo, today visited this pioneering logistics center in Fuenlabrada.
Novillo has highlighted the importance of this initiative that "brings citizens closer to the products grown in the region, reducing transport and packaging costs, also protecting the environment". Likewise, he has praised the efforts of farmers and merchants to reach an understanding and facilitate the acquisition processes. "It is essential for greater access to the majority market and an increase in its profitability," he emphasized.
During these six months from its start-up, Rural Madrid has distributed vegetables grown in the regional field such as chard, cabbage, asparagus, cauliflower, potatoes or zucchini, among others, highlighting above all the 50.000 kilograms of tomato, half of the total, which has corresponded to the season of the summer garden.
So far, more than 50 farmers are participating in this project, from Aranjuez, Fuenlabrada, Griñón, Chinchón, Ciempozuelos, Colmenar de Oreja, Getafe, Quijorna, Rivas Vaciamadrid, San Martín de la Vega and Villa del Prado.
The regional government allocates 200.000 euros per year to this logistics resource, which is managed by the Union of Madrid Agricultural Cooperatives (UCAM), under the supervision of the Madrid Institute for Rural, Agrarian and Food Research and Development (IMIDRA), in charge of inspecting its operation, as well as the economic and financial administration of the center.